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Countries Singaporeans Need a Visa | Three Countries Where Singaporeans Need Visa

Lifestyle | Travel
by Priyadarshini 28 September 2022

Let’s take a look at three countries that Singaporeans can’t visit without a visa or visa-on-arrival – and how much these visas cost. Read this blog to find out three countries Singaporeans need a visa to travel to.

Three Countries Singaporeans Need a Visa

India

Given the number of Singaporeans who have relatives in India, this is another surprising country on the list. However, Singaporeans do require a visa to enter India—unless they are flying into Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata, Trivandrum, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Goa, or Kochi airports, where visas-on-arrival are available for USD $25. Otherwise, you must apply for your visa through a visa agent or the High Commission of India in Singapore. You can also apply for an e-Tourist visa online, which is relatively simple. However, applying for visas on arrival at Indian airports takes a long time, so it is best to apply before travelling to India.

What is the cost of an Indian visa?

It costs $25 USD. If you are of Indian origin, you may be able to apply to be recognized as an Overseas Citizen of India, which allows you to travel to India without a visa.

How long does it take to get an Indian visa?

You should apply for a visa at least four working days before you plan to travel. The visa allows you to stay in India for a maximum of 30 days.

Three Countries Singaporeans Need a Visa – Bhutan

The enigmatic country is known for its Gross National Happiness quotient, which makes it the polar opposite of Singapore. Think again if you believe it is simple to travel to paradise. Bhutan’s mysterious Kingdom has one of the world’s most stringent tourist visa requirements, and that’s not going to change anytime soon.

Basically, you must book your trip through a Bhutanese tour operator or an international partner of a Bhutanese tour operator. Only they have the authority to apply for the visa on your behalf. Here is a comprehensive list of Bhutanese tour operators.

What is the cost of a Bhutan visa?

The visa fee is USD $40, but you do not need to pay it separately when visiting Bhutan. The USD $40 is included in the USD $200 to $250 per person per night (depending on the month) that those travelling in groups of three or more are required to spend. This includes not only the visa fee, but also the cost of your accommodation, meals, tour guide, international transportation, and trekking equipment.

How long does it take to get a visa to Bhutan?

Because the visa application is included in your tour package, allow at least two weeks to book the necessary before your intended travel dates.

Australia

Although it may come as a surprise given that Australia is one of Singaporeans’ favourite destinations, Singaporeans, like every other nationality in the world except New Zealanders, require a visa to visit Australia. Fortunately, the visa application process is simple and can be completed electronically through the Australian Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) system.

What is the cost of an Australian visa?

The ETA itself is free, but there is a service charge of AUD $20 if you do it online. It is said that if you get it through certain travel agents, you will pay less, though you will have to apply in person.

How long does it take to apply for an Australian visa?

You can usually get your visa in a matter of hours, though it is recommended that you apply at least three working days before your date of travel, and it allows you to enter Australia as many times as you want within a 12-month period. It is identical to the regular Australian visitor visa (subclass 600), but it allows multiple entries for up to three months at a time and has a six-year validity period. What’s the catch? It costs AUD $150 plus an application fee of up to SGD $55 – so get it only if you want to avoid the hassle of applying for the ETA every year.

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